St Mabyn Village News

News from the village of St.Mabyn in North Cornwall...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Janie McDonald

Local textile artist Janie McDonald now has a profile on Textile And Fibre Arts Website

Monday, January 28, 2013

Garden Club

The Garden Club started the new year with a very interesting and informative talk by Keith Cann on his world of bee keeping.  With many amusing anecdotes he told us of his love of bees. Bees in a hive have a strict regime of the worker bees, who go out in the world and collect nectar and pollen for making the honey; the drones who look after the housekeeping and of course the queen bee without whom there would be no hive. 
Our next meeting on Wednesday 13 February at 7.30pm St Mabyn Village Hall and our speaker is Peter Davies on Bodmin and Bodmin Moor. This is a new talk with slides from Peter Davies and will be very interesting.
For more information and members details please contact Angela Bunney 01208 841511.

Book swap

The next Book Swap is on Saturday 23rd February 10am  to 12 noon in the Coffee Lounge, St Mabyn Post Office and Stores.  Do come along and enjoy good company and a book browse with a tasty cup of coffee.  Hope to see you there.  

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Andrew Jago painting

Stunning painting of St Mabyn see more by local artist Andrew Jago

Population rise

Unpublished census data shows a population rise of more than 10% for St Mabyn according to "Our Cornwall"

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

St Mabyn Church Lent Course 2013

Great PRAYERS of the Bible
St Mabyn Church Lent Course 2013

12/2 The Lord’s Prayer Regular private prayer to get closer to God
19/2 Abraham’s Prayer Faithful persistent pray
26/2 Hannah’s Prayer Desperate prayer
5/3 Jesus’ Prayer Intercessory – praying for others
12/3 Solomon’s Prayer Praying for the future
19/3 The Apostles’ Prayer Urgent prayer-when you don’t know what to do
Time : 7-8.30 pm
Place : Levalsamere Station Road St Mabyn 841546

Everyone is warmly invited to join our study and
discussion on how prayer works.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Dinham's Hill

Drawing by Tamsin

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Helland Village Hall events

Quiz in the hall 7.30pm on Saturday 26th January All welcome.

Helland’s first Poetry Evening 7.30pm Saturday 16 February
Do you know what poetry with a difference is like? If you want to find out, come along to our very informal poetry evening. This is a bring and share evening – bring your poem, wine and cheese. It will be fun and relaxed. You can either get someone to say your poem or you can do it yourself. Admission is free and there will be a raffle. Contact Liz Hayman on 01208 75329 for details.
Carne to Cove performance - Saturday 9 March 7.30pm
Wurlitzer, a 5 piece Cornish band will be showing us their latest silent film with a live soundtrack. Their soundtrack ranges from Pink Floyd, the Buzzcocks to classical piano, harmonies and jazz. There will be tea, coffee and snacks available. Adults £7, Children and Concessions £5, Family £19. Call Sam Trethewey if you want to know more. 01208 72603.
Table tennis club – Watch this space as we now have funding for purchasing a table. There
will be details of dates and times soon. Get your racquets out of the attic!

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Spirit of Christmas at St Mabena

Christmas was celebrated throughout the festive period in a record number of joyous activities:
Our great team of bell ringers attracted a large number of villagers to all services, where the Church was found to be warm, welcoming and beautifully decorated with a massive tree and candle light.
The Carol Service, led by Rev David Pollard, contained modern readings spoken by people representing a cross section of the village. Traditional carols were augmented by Angie’s Angels. Nb. Rev Dave E. coming from ‘up north’ has yet to warm to the Cornish version of ‘While Shepherds Watched’!
Rev Pollard also took the St Mabyn YFC Carol Service - attended by over 65 young farmers.
Afterwards everyone enjoyed mulled wine, minced pies and Cornish cream.
Numbers exceeded 120 at the popular Christingle Service for St Mabyn School, staff and parents . Rev Jonathan Mosedale, who visits the school every week, presented all 70 children with a Christmas orange with candle and red ribbon.
On Christmas Eve the Crib Service, was attended by a record number of 120 parents, grandparents and children. They were thrilled by the arrival of the donkey and were each given a Nativity mobile to take home and make. For an emotional finale Rev Dave spread a choir of infants across the Church to sing ‘Away in a manger’. 58 people attended the candle lit 10 pm Bethlehem Mass and they were challenged by Rev Dave to believe that-------‘ GOD IS FOR REAL’
On Christmas morning 48 worshippers were entertained by a thought provoking sketch questioning how the actions of the Shepherds would appear on the Psychiatrist’s couch of today.
On the evening of 6th January a New Year’s party was held in the Church. This was a very successful innovation, which will be repeated next year. 70 people enjoyed the convivial atmosphere in a unique setting with good food, laughter and entertainment : Roscarrick Singers; Angie’s Angels; a sketch on how humans treat nature by Rev Dave—John and Angie; John’s Quiz- won by Liz Williams, who received a Christmas Hamper generously donated by Laura & Jo from the Post Office

Thanks to everyone for making our Christmas a great success :

Bell ringers; Organists; Musicians; Singers; Actors ; Church Wardens; Readers; All of our unsung helpers for doing so much –decorating the tree, lighting candles, preparing the catering for New Year’s party.
Our team of Clergy for their support throughout 2012 and in particular Rev Dave for his enthusiasm, creativity, tireless energy and inspiring vision for the growth of our village church.
Everyone in the parish who came to Church at Christmas.
Last year attendance at St Mabyn Church more than doubled and we hope that this growth will continue in 2013.
Please join us for any of our services in February :
3/2/13 Informal Praise Service with Rev Dave Elkington and Peter Coster at 10 am
10/2/13 Holy Communion with Rev Jonathan Mosdedale at 9.30 am
17/2/13 Sunday worship led by Rev David Pollard at 9.30am
24/2/13 Praise and worship led by Rev Dave Elkington with Peter Coster @ 9.30 am


Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Best Chef!

Congratulations to Emily Scott of St Mabyn who has been named Best Chef at culinary magazine Food's Reader Awards 2013. Emily's restaurant is The Harbour Restaurant, Port Isaac.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013


Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 4 th December 2012 in the St Mabyn Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.

Present: Cllrs. A Finnamore (Chairman), N Embley (Vice Chairman), Mrs A Bunney, Mrs C Bray, G Brindle, D Masters, R Chadwick, M Menhenitt.
Also attending: Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk)
Four members of the public

1.Public Session: The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and invited the members of the public to address the Council, if they so wished. Three ladies from the St Mabyn Pre-school Committee had attended to explain the reasons for the planning application PA12/10847 to create an outdoor recreation area at the rear of the hall. The application had been received by the Parish Council although it arrived too late to be placed on the agenda for tonight’s meeting. The Clerk notified the public that the application would be passed to the Parish Council Planning Committee.
Cllrs M Menhenitt, Mrs A Bunney and D Masters declared an interest.

(Members of the public left the meeting)

Police: No report received.
Cornwall Council: No report received.

2. Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllr M Grigg.

3. Members Declaration of Interest: Cllrs. M Menhneitt, Mrs A Bunney and D Masters declared an interest on Planning Application PA12/10847.

4. Minutes: The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 6th November 2012, as circulated, were confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

5. Matters Arising:
Item 12 Correspondence (ICO) – The Clerk and Chairman reported that matters with the Information Commissioners Office were ongoing.
Item 14a) Winter Grit Bins – The Clerk agreed to continue to pursue the provision of grit bins in the parish.
Item 14b) Fish and Chip Sign – The sign was now being removed during the week and put up on the day when the van was visiting the village.
Item 14e) Highway traffic calming – The developer had now erected the permanent signs (give way to oncoming traffic) on the traffic scheme adjacent to the entrance to the Mabena Lea development.

6. Planning Applications / Planning Matters:
PA12/10991 Mr D Scott & Ms N Heidaripour, 1 Church Steps, Churchtown, St Mabyn –
Demolition of lean-to store, erection of 2 storey extension and re-roofing /extension of existing kitchen. Support – and comment that the footpath is to be kept clear at all times if scaffolding is being erected. The extension to the boundary will narrow the footpath near the church steps and therefore it is recommended that the hedge adjacent to the steps should be trimmed back.

PA12/10028 Mr & Mrs East and McDonald, Slate Cottage, Tredethy Mews, Helland Bridge – Replacement of existing door and windows. The Council supported the recommendation by the planning committee to support this application. Cllr M Menhneitt declared an interest and abstained.

PA12/10847 Ms Bethany Gillespie, St Mabyn Pre-School, rear of Village Hall, Wadebridge Road, St Mabyn – Change of use from agricultural land to pre-school play area.
It was agreed that the planning committee look at this application and that the Clerk contact Cornwall Council to ask that the decision date be deferred and the application be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.

Planning Decisions:
PA12/09249 Mr Den Cooke, Anneth Lowen, Station Road, St Mabyn – Construction of extension to dwelling – Approved.

7. Accounts / Financial Matters: Councilors authorised the cheque payments presented. The finance report is issued as Part 2 of these minutes.

To agree the Precept for the 2013/2014 financial year: Having received documents from the Clerk at the last meeting that reconciled the current years accounts, predicted the financial year end balance and recommended the expenditure for the forthcoming financial year, Councilors resolved to request a precept of £ 16,000 (sixteen thousand pounds), being the same as 2012/2013.

8. CC Local Maintenance Project – Footpaths: Nothing to report.

9. Playing Field: Inspection reports were presented by Cllr D Masters and these identified that the shackles on the tyre swing would need replacing and the wooded sections surrounding the wood chip areas on some items of play equipment were rotting and would need replacing in time. The tubes used to fix the goal posts required rubbing down to a smooth surface or replacing.
Vehicles were parking outside the man entrance to the field and obstructing access through the pedestrian gate.
Cllr A Finnamore agreed to complete the forthcoming inspections.
Cllr N Embley suggested that the Council reconsiders the provision of a car parking for those using the recreation facilities and asked councillors  to look at the options of creating car parking spaces inside the playing field. It was agreed to place this item on the agenda for the next meeting.

10. Neighbourhood Plan – to consider the contents of the Cornwall Core Strategy document, once received, and the advantages of creating a parish plan:
The Council continued to await for the publication of the final Core Strategy document. Cllr G Brindle and the Clerk will attend a Cornwall Council Wadebridge Neighbourhood Planning Cluster Meeting in Wadebridge on Thursday, 6th December 2012. Cllr Mrs A Bunney presented her apologies for this meeting.

11. Correspondence:
Information Commissioners Office – The Chairman and Clerk continued to correspond with the Information Commissioners Office in relation to a request for information by Mr Heath (reported at the last meeting).
The Saints Way – Church of England Multi Academy Trust - Invite to attend a Service of Inauguration at Bodmin.

Cornwall Council – Recycling and waste collection dates for Christmas and the New Year.
12. To Agree / Discuss:
1) Cornwall Council Community Network Meeting – No reports available.

13. Parish Matters / Any other Business:
a) Trethick Farm, Sty Mabyn – The Council noted reports of bad odours coming from the spreading of slurry and automatic sprayers affecting local residents. A private individual had contacted Environmental Health.
b) Parish Council Grass Cutting Contract: Councillors agreed to offer the contract for 2013/2014 to the existing contractor for the forthcoming year.
c) Highway Matters: The road surface and edge of carriageway at Dinhams Bridge was in need of repair. This area was in St Kew parish and had been passed to the Chairman of their Parish Council.
d) Parking: Vehicles were often parking on the pavement outside the bus shelter obstructing visibility for other road users.

14. Date of next Meeting: Owing to the regular day being on the 1st January (Bank Holiday) it was agreed to hold the meeting on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013 if the hall was available.

15. To close the Meeting to the public – Close Session if required: No closed session required.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.35pm.

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